Post-1914 appropriative water rights and pre-1914 appropriative water right claims in the Sacramento River watershed outside of the Legal Delta with a priority date of 1910 or later;
Water rights and claims on the following San Joaquin River tributaries:
All post-1914 appropriative water rights, pre-1914 appropriative water right claims, and riparian water right claims in the Calaveras River subwatershed outside of the Legal Delta;
All post-1914 appropriative water rights, pre-1914 appropriative water right claims, and riparian water right claims in the Chowchilla River subwatershed; and
Post-1914 appropriative water rights and pre-1914 appropriative water right claims in the Merced River subwatershed with a priority date of 1859 or later.
Post-1914 appropriative water rights and pre-1914 appropriative water right claims in the San Joaquin River watershed outside of the Legal Delta with a priority date of 1888 or later; and
Post-1914 appropriative water rights and pre-1914 appropriative water right claims in the Legal Delta with a priority date of 1910 or later.
Curtailments are expected to continue through the summer and early fall until significant precipitation occurs. Water supply forecasts will continue to be evaluated regularly to determine if, when, and to what extent the further re-imposition or suspension of curtailments may be appropriate. The next curtailment status update will be provided by email and web posting no later than July 12, 2022. Please check the Delta Watershed Curtailment Status List for the current curtailment status of each water right and claim in the Delta watershed.
Legal Delta. After consultation with and the concurrence of the Delta Watermaster, and consistent with the technical assumptions regarding water unavailability in the Legal Delta outlined in methodology documents released on June 27, 2022, curtailments have been implemented for certain rights and claims within the Legal Delta. The Office of the Delta Watermaster plans to host a public meeting on July 14, 2022, to discuss water unavailability issues within the Legal Delta. For attendance information, please contact DeltaWatermaster@waterboards.ca.gov.
San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors. Because the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is expected to resume deliveries to the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors (SJREC) of previously stored water from the Delta via the Delta-Mendota Canal in July, curtailments assume zero demands under the SJREC underlying claims of right from the San Joaquin River.
Central Valley Project and State Water Project Rights on the Sacramento River and in the Legal Delta. Current analyses indicate that water is unavailable to all Project water rights in the Sacramento River watershed and the Legal Delta. Accordingly, those Project rights are curtailed.
Return Flows. The above curtailments factor in estimated agricultural and municipal return flows based on CalSim 3 results for 1976, which have been applied to all headwater and valley floor subwatersheds.
Term 91. Irrespective of the above curtailments, Term 91 curtailments continue to apply to all rights within and outside the Legal Delta containing Term 91.
Curtailments based on the subwatershed-scale analyses. Curtailments account for both local water unavailability in headwater subwatersheds and watershed-wide conditions.
Modification of demands for water rights and claims associated with contractual agreements with Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources. Sacramento River Settlement Contractor and Feather River Contractor demands were reduced compared to 2018 data, consistent with contractual deliveries planned this year.
Today’s curtailment status update is based on the output of the methodology for the calendar month of July. As such, today’s update considers observed water supply data and forecasts from the California Nevada River Forecast Center (CNRFC) that were updated on July 6, 2022. The 50% exceedance water supply forecast was selected to determine curtailments at this time. Other than modifications identified above, demand data informing curtailments continue to be based on reported diversions from 2018.
Water right holders and claimants are responsible for monitoring their curtailment status online on the Delta Watershed Curtailment Status List. Notice of changes to curtailment status will not be mailed. For those with limited internet access, a pre-recorded curtailment summary can be heard on the Delta Curtailment Status phone line at (916) 323-4643.
For more information about curtailment compliance and responses to the Initial Orders Imposing Water Right Curtailment and Reporting Requirements in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Watershed, please visit the Curtailment Compliance and Responses webpage. The Curtailment Compliance and Responses tracker is updated regularly and can be filtered to see the latest changes. If you have any questions, you may send an email to Bay-Delta@waterboards.ca.gov or call the Delta Drought phone line at (916) 319-0960.